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I need to know how to use WDS to mass deploy windows 7.

OK I need to know how to use WDS to deply over 40 Workstations at once.
I will have a massive roolout and need to use the tools in WDS.
I have used RIS in the past but now I need the WDS to work winth windows 7.
So how do I configure it on a windows server.
Do I need it to be on a domain controler, can it be ona member server.
can it be on the same server as WSUS?
thanks in advance
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You can follow my guide.  http://www.lwcomputing.com/tips/static/installwds2008.asp

To use a multicast and deploy to 40 systems at once, you'll need to install it on a Windows 2008 or later server (2003 does not support multicasting).

Build your base image, sysprep it, capture it to a WIM file using ImageX or a WDS Capture boot image, then create a multicast and boot your machines to the WDS server.

WSUS has nothing to do with WDS.

I only use domains so I don't know if it can be installed on a Workgroup... other than that, it doesn't need to be on a DC.
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explorer648Author Commented:
OK Finally got back to this question.
Well the link above was less than helpfull and I need some toehr help with this matter
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Did you have WDS installed?  Are you saying the link didn't help you install it?  My impression is you needed help installing WSUS - once installed, loading images and creating a multicast is easy...

If you would like to be more explicit about how the link was less than helpful, perhaps better information could be offered.
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explorer648Author Commented:
I need to install and config the product.
I used to do RIS but this is a whole different beast (WDS)
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
So your saying the link I provided - with pictures, descriptions, and step by step instructions didn't help you?  What about it was confusing?
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explorer648Author Commented:
It did not seem to work. I tried it but the systems wont boot and I do not believe that the images are correctly created.
There is something flawed. maybee because the illustration ius using windows 2003 not server 2008 or something like that
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
The illustration is clearly using Server 2008 so I'm not sure what you're talking about.
The title of the article is Installing Windows Deployment Services (WDS) on Server 2008

If you installed it correctly and it's not booting, then I suspect your DHCP settings are misconfigured
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explorer648Author Commented:
After doing the install image I tried to boot fromt he server and I got this message

File\boot\bcd
status:0xc0000098
the windows boot config data does not contain a valid os entry

Wht am I getting this error after I put the image on and named it and all
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explorer648Author Commented:
OPPs I did not add a boot image.
seemd to boot nicely
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explorer648Author Commented:
This seemed to be a jumping off point to get your feet wet inthe world of WDS
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